Community shows support for injured Arkansas trooper

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Little River County is showing support for an Arkansas State Police Trooper who was injured while responding to a call last week. 

Corporal Clayton McWilliams is still recovering in the hospital, but the community is coming together to help ease some of his financial pain.

“It’s a good feeling for us to see the public unite like this behind one of ours,” said Little River County Sheriff Bobby Walraven.

Hundreds of people filled Ashdown High School for the chili dinner fundraiser. 

“There’s people in life that are good people, they need to be taken care of when there’s hard times. This is one of them,” said Richard Bowman with the Arden Volunteer Fire Department. 
 
McWilliams was responding to an accident when he had one of his own. His vehicle hit a tree. Heavy rainfall is believed to have contributed to the crash.
 
“It’s obvious if you see what’s behind me,” said Walraven. “Within just a few days this was put together.”

“It’s probably 10 or 12 times bigger than we expected,” said Bowman.
 
Now the community is giving back to one of its own, doing what they can to help the McWilliams family during this difficult time. 
 
“It gives us that sense that the public cares,” said Walraven.
 
Organizers expect to raise tens of thousands of dollars for the McWilliams family through the event. 

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